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Long Island Workplace Accident Lawyers

A serious workplace accident creates immediate and long-term hardships. You may not be able to return to work anytime soon, if ever. The financial strains, the medical issues and the emotional stress can take a toll on you and the whole family.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, there are many ways to recover. Don’t assume that workers’ compensation is the only path forward. When you speak with a knowledgeable Long Island workplace accident lawyer, you can explore your options for pursuing the compensation that you need to get back on your feet.

Speak with our experienced attorneys today to review your options in a free consultation. Our Long Island personal injury lawyers represent victims of work accidents in Long Island and nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens. Se habla español.

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Sources of Compensation After a Workplace Accident

Are you getting your full workers’ compensation benefits? Are you entitled to monetary damages beyond workers’ comp? The dedicated workplace accident attorneys at The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, have extensive experience pursuing lawsuits against third parties who caused or contributed to injuries on the job. We work to demand every dime you need and deserve to recover from your injury or cope with a permanent disability.

Our lawyers will review your claim for free and explain all your legal options, including:

  • Workers’ Compensation

    Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that is meant to help workers recover after an on-the-job accident or occupational illness. It provides medical benefits and lost wages to injured or ill workers. If you’re injured on the job, there’s a good chance that workers’ compensation will be involved. If you’re seriously injured, workers’ compensation should cover long-term disability benefits. An experienced lawyer can help you document and submit your claim for compensation.

    Although these benefit claims are often accepted, there are times when claims are disputed. If an employer thinks you may have caused your own injury, or if the employer does not want to admit they are responsible, they may push back against your claim. In a case like that, you’ll need to appeal the decision. When you appeal a benefits decision, you’ll need to carefully document the injury, its costs, and its effect on your life. An attorney can help you build your claim and can represent you during any hearings.

    If you’re injured as a result of job-related duties, workers’ compensation should cover you in nearly any situation. If your benefits are denied, don’t assume that’s the end of the story. Contact an attorney to help you move your claim forward.

  • State & Federal Law

    The federal government and New York state have many protections for workers on the books. Federal law provides specific protections to many different types of workers, for example, those working in the maritime professions and those working with toxic substances. If workers fit into any specialized categories, there may be options for recovery in addition to workers’ compensation.

    New York also has many laws ─ including Labor Law Sections 200, 240 and 241 ─ that require employers and owners to provide adequate safety equipment and training for their workers. If an employer fails to do so, they may be liable for significant damages. These damages may be in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits that accrue.

    If you’ve been injured, don’t assume that your recovery ends when you receive a workers’ compensation benefit. There may be many other paths to recovery. A lawyer can analyze the facts of your case and advise you on other sources of recovery.

  • Third-Party Lawsuits

    There may be times when neither you nor your employer were at fault for your injury. Faulty tools and safety equipment can easily hurt workers. In addition, negligence on the part of another company’s workers at a job site may have put you in danger.

    In cases like that, you may pursue recovery against the “third parties” that are responsible for your injuries. These cases can be complicated, but a lawyer can help you build your claim and pursue the full and fair compensation that you deserve.

How a Lawyer Can Help After a Workplace Accident

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A workplace accident claim is built on important details such as where the accident happened, what you were doing at the time, who else was there, and what equipment was involved. Unfortunately, workplace accidents can happen fast, and you may not have the time or the ability to get the details. Before you know it, you’ve been injured and you’re receiving treatment.

A workplace accident attorney can help you investigate your claim, preserve evidence and build the strongest case possible. If you’re injured, details matter, and a lawyer can work quickly to gather the important information you will need to build a solid claim.

When you’re pursuing your claim, a lawyer can also advise you on the laws that protect you and provide for your recovery. Understanding the laws that protect workers can be overwhelming for those outside of the legal field. What laws apply to your situation and what options for recovery do they provide? A lawyer can offer the knowledge and provide the research you need to maximize your claim. Whether it’s pursuing the highest amount from a workers’ compensation claim, or reviewing other options for recovery, a lawyer can help you understand the best path to compensation for your injuries.

If your benefits claim fails or the at-fault party offers a low-ball settlement, an experienced lawyer can walk you through your next steps. This may include appealing the decision or aggressively negotiating for a full and fair settlement to meet your financial needs.

If your claim moves to settlement talks, companies and other organizations may try to get you to settle for less than what you deserve. Workers who are injured are often desperate. Medical costs can pile up. The workers are often hurt, they’re out of work, and they need the money to pay their bills. Perhaps they’re the sole breadwinner of a family and they need resources to support those they love.

Don’t assume that an insurer or an employer will offer a fair or just settlement for your injuries. They’re looking out for their bottom line. You should look out for yours. A lawyer knows how to handle negotiations and fight for the best recovery possible.

A seasoned workplace injury lawyer can advise you and help strengthen your claim. Whether you’re dealing with workers’ compensation, settlement negotiations, or moving toward a lawsuit, an attorney can advocate for you every step of the way.

Our Workplace Accident Lawyers Handle All Types of Claims

Trial lawyers Richard Jaffe and Stephen Cohen and the team of attorneys at The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, have more than 100 years of combined experience in personal injury litigation, including workplace accidents. They have recovered maximum compensation for clients in a variety of cases, including:

  • Workplace machinery accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Scaffolding and ladder accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Forklift accidents

  • Fires or explosions
  • Slip-and-falls
  • Vehicle accidents while on duty
  • Workplace fatalities (wrongful death)

Some people believe that “foreigners” or “illegal aliens” have no rights when they are injured at work. This is simply not true. Undocumented workers, visa workers and green card immigrants have the same standing to sue for personal injury as any U.S. citizen. Cohen & Jaffe has strong ties to the Hispanic community and has represented many undocumented citizens in workplace accident claims. (See immigrant injury rights.)

Our Team Has the Experience to Maximize Compensation

Our dedicated Long Island workplace injury attorneys represent clients in all types of occupations, from building trades, factory workers and truck drivers to health care, law enforcement, and fire and rescue personnel. Attorney Richard Jaffe is himself a licensed EMT (emergency medical technician). His medical training is a key advantage in recovering damages for serious workplace injuries, including back or neck injuries, shoulder or knee injuries, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury.

We take prompt action and work closely with clients to put them in the most favorable legal position. We take photos, obtain accident reports, examine any video footage and talk to witnesses. We consult with experts to inspect machinery or reconstruct accidents. We make sure that our clients are getting proper medical care, including finding doctors who take workplace injury cases.

Our law firm is here to help in every way after a serious workplace injury. Call the law office of Cohen & Jaffe at 1-516-358-6900 for a free consultation with our Long Island work accident lawyers or email us and we will respond immediately.

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